Al Qaida's media wing has launched a magazine for women which features beauty tips as well as lessons in jihad, The Independent reported Monday.
The move comes after the group launched an English-language magazine that debuted with a feature called "How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom."
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A niqab-clad woman posing with a sub-machine gun features on the cover of the 31-page glossy, called Al-Shamikha, which loosely translates as "The Majestic Woman."
As well as the usual content expected to be found in a woman's magazine, the magazine runs interviews with martyr's wives and praises those who give their lives in the name of the editors' interpretation of Islam.
The magazine also gives advice to women along the lines of "do not go
out except when necessary" and "always wear a niqab for protection from
The editors of the magazine explain that women are an
important because they constitute half of the population – and one might
even say that they are the population since they give birth to the next
generation, the Independent reported.
The editors go to say
that the nation of Islam needs women who know the truth about their
religion and about the battle and its dimensions and know what is
expected of them.